State of emergency declared, National Guard arrives in Charlotte following protests

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina governor declared a state of emergency after a person was critically injured in a shooting as more intense violence and looting broke out Wednesday night during protests against the Charlotte police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

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Thursday morning, the North Carolina National Guard arrived in Charlotte at the center near Billy Graham Parkway.

The National Guard and the State Highway Patrol were deployed to the area on the suggestion of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

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Wednesday night, Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency after it was requested by the Charlotte police chief, officials said. McCrory also announced that the N.C. National Guard and N.C. State Highway Patrol would be deployed to Charlotte after a request from police there.

The Charlotte Police Chief on Wednesday night announced that a shooting victim died, but hours later the city said the person was in critical condition on life support.

City officials said the shooting was not due to a police officer and instead was a civilian who shot another civilian.

A photo from WSOC-TV showed the shooting victim moments after being shot — still standing, but leaning over, near the Omni Hotel.

CBS News reported that EMS had to use an armored vehicle to retrieve the shooting victim.

In other violence, a CNN reporter was tackled while giving a live report on TV. A TV reporter and cameraman for WCNC-TV in Charlotte were taken by ambulance to a hospital after being attacked, the station said.

Around 10:35 p.m., protesters were near Trade and Caldwell streets and were trying to break windows at the Hyatt House hotel when the third round of tear gas was deployed. Many windows were eventually broken and WBTV reported that two Hyatt workers were assaulted by crowds.

Protesters moved downtown from Trade Street to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and tear gas was used for the second time during the evening around 9:45 p.m.

The Hornets’ team store at the downtown arena was looted after several windows were broken, according to photos and info from WCNC-TV.

EMS officials said they had taken eight patients — seven law-enforcement officers and one civilian — to area hospitals during second night of protests..

Protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and around 8:30 p.m., officers fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Officers on bicycles surrounded a pool of blood on the ground and a few people threw bottles and clods of dirt at police.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said a team from Department of Justice will be on the ground in Charlotte Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Keith Lamont Scott’s wife, Rakeiya Scott, released a statement asking for protesters to remain calm.

— The Associated Press and WBTV contributed to this report

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